Freepers laud free breast impants for British soldiers

Plus: President Bush's policy of strategic ambiguity toward the English language.


Anthony York
April 27, 2001 9:28PM (UTC)



Weblines

Drudge Report: "Director Cameron May Rocket Into Space"
TomPaine.com: "Creepy Creeping Commercialism"
Rich Galen: "Very, Very Kerrey"
BuzzFlash Report: "White House Staffers Struggle to Decipher Bush's Remarks on China"
WorldNet Daily: "Russia, China Team Up in Asia"

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Big buzz

Apparently, the United States isn't the only country with morale problems among its armed forces. Just witness this Reuters report on the lengths the British army will go to make its soldiers happy.

"The British army has paid for a small number of female soldiers to have breast enlargements to make them happier, the Ministry of Defense said Thursday.

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"A department spokesman told Reuters 'that there are something like a dozen such cases a year.' The spokesman said the surgery would only be paid for if there was 'an overriding physical or psychological reason to do so.'"

The fiscal conservatives at the Free Republic were all for it. One poster gave it a five-exclamation-point endorsement. "Well, finally -- after all the waste of government tax money, something I can agree with!!! National free breast implants !!"

That enthusiasm was echoed throughout the thread. "I am certain this policy will make many soldiers happier," writes another.

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Anger management

President Bush tells Reuters that he is "not a headline hog."

"We want to be boring," explains one White House official. The interview came during Bush's 100-days media blitz that has had the president making the rounds of network news shows and major newspapers.

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The interviews and 100-days benchmark have set off an intensified round of sniping around the Web about the Bush presidency.

"Thank you God for our current POTUS. The antithesis of the former office holder," writes one Lucianne.com poster.

That sentiment was, shall we say, not echoed by the posters over at Table Talk. "Shrub, again for the record: Coward. AWOL. Spoiled. Moron. Embarrassment. Coddled by Media," asserts one poster.

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"The vast majority of the wacko right support boy George's actions, and then there's the folks that only want their taxes cut, and couldn't care less about other agendas," writes another. "Smirk's handlers are merely playing to the tune of the corporate movers and shakers, and the Jesus people."

During the interview spree, Bush has declared the tone in Washington officially changed, while continuing his policy of strategic ambiguity toward the English language. Take a look at this quote from his interview with the Associated Press about the glories of being leader of the free world.

"I'm here in my office early in the morning because I want to be, not because I have to be. The president, it turns out, if he doesn't want to be here, he doesn't have to be here. Everybody else kind of, you know, shows up where he shows up. I love coming here. I love walking into the Oval Office in the morning. I love walking through the Rose Garden. It's hard. I'm not a poet so I can't describe exactly what I mean."

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Anthony York

Anthony York is Salon's Washington correspondent.

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